Notropis alborus

Notropis alborus
Whitemouth Shiner – Notropis alborus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LeuciscidaeNotropis alborusHubbs & Raney1947Whitemouth Shiner

Notropis alborus

Unique Characters: Unpigmented lips and mouth. Upper iris of eye usually has red pigment. Body divided by a jagged-edged lateral stripe, which terminates as a wedge on caudal peduncle. The black stripe continues around the snout but not on the lips; “nose” is white when looked at “head-on”. No dark stripe on back. Snout rounded and mouth horizontal. Complete lateral line. Breast entirely scaled. Anal fin base with little pigment. Breeding coloration absent.

Similar Species:

Cape Fear Shiner
Notropis mekistocholas

Notropis mekitocholas
Cape Fear Shiner – Notropis mekistocholas

Cape Fear Shiner Notropis mekistocholas. Black stripe on side but not on snout. Black pigment on both lips. Thin dark stripe on back. No red pigment in iris. Pointed snout. Long, coiled black gut.

Swallowtail Shiner
Notropis procne

Notropis procne
Swallowtail Shiner – Notropis procne

Swallowtail Shiner Notropis procne. Thin dark predorsal stripe with black “smudge” at origin of dorsal fin. Black stripe on side but not on snout. Some pigment on upper lip. No red pigment in iris. Breast almost entirely naked. Pointed snout. Anal fin base well pigmented.

 

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